Razer Kishi V2 was a vast improvement over the original Kishi mobile controller, and now, thanks to an update to the controller’s firmware itself and an update to Razer’s Nexus app, it becomes even more versatile.
For anyone using a Kishi V2 with Android, a new virtual controller feature in the Nexus app will allow you to map physical button presses on the controller to touchscreen taps in games that don’t offer controller support, allowing you to do even more of the game. The store’s extensive library is playable with a gamepad.
Virtual Controller Beta
Despite the growing popularity of mobile controller attachments like the Razer Kishi V2 or the Backbone One, there are plenty of games for iOS and Android that still rely on on-screen touch controls. Genshin Impact, one of the most popular mobile games, still does not offer controller support on Android. The Virtual Controller beta – and Razer points out that it’s a beta – is designed to address this issue.
With the feature enabled in the Razer Nexus app for Android and the Kishi V2 updated to the latest firmware, getting started is as simple as toggling to the virtual controller in the Nexus app settings and then jumping into the Android settings to make sure your app permissions are all online. After that, you can start mapping controls.
As it stands, Razer’s Virtual Controller is best suited for touchscreen games with on-screen controls that stay in one place, as opposed to apps that rely on gestures and swipes. This might change in future versions of the app and the official release of the feature, but keep that in mind for now.
The best gaming hardware is flexible
Along with acting as a nice bonus for existing Kishi V2 owners, the virtual controller beta will also be available on Razer’s upcoming Razer Edge handheld, which technically uses a version of the company’s controller called Razer Kishi. V2 Pro.
Razer hasn’t offered a specific time if or when the iOS-compatible Kishi V2 will be available to perform the same deceptive touchscreen tricks, but see the feature’s existence as a positive trend. Mobile games are already popular, but if we’re really heading into a future where smartphone gaming and game streaming is how most people get their interactive fix, having accessories that are as flexible as possible is a necessity.